We study animal sensory systems and communication, with a focus on insect bioacoustics. Our research addresses three main questions: 1) How do insects sense, and generate sounds and vibrations?  2) What are the functions of acoustic communication? 3) How do ears and communication signals evolve?


In our neuroethology lab we use a variety of methods and techniques such as sound recording and analysis, laser vibrometry, neurophysiology, high-speed video, phylogenetics, microscopy, and behavioural genetics to form an integrated view of animal behaviour and communication. We work primarily with the insect orders Lepidoptera (moths, butterflies, caterpillars) and Coleoptera (mostly bark beetles), but have ongoing projects with earthworms, birds, and bats as well.

Professor Jayne E. Yack

Department of Biology
Nesbitt Biology Building, Room 250
Carleton University

1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA
K1S 5B6

Office: 613 520-2600 ext.3887
Lab: 613 520-2600 ext.1513 or 1912 
Fax: 613 520-3539
email: jayneyack@cunet.carleton.ca

Lab news

October 20, 2018

Our lab in the media

Carrie's paper on 'hearing aids' in butterflies has been highlighted in the media. Check out the following links:




October 17, 2018

New Publication

Carrie Sun's paper "In that vein: inflated wing veins contribute to butterfly hearing" has been published in Biology Letters.

August 30, 2018


Congrats to Carrie who successfully defended her Master's thesis!

August 30, 2018

New Publication

Andrew Mikhail, a previous Yack lab graduate student, has published "What does a butterfly hear? Physiological characterization of auditory afferents in Morpho peleides (Nymphalidae)" in Journal of Comparative Physiology A.

July 15, 2018


Great jobs Chanchal, Carrie and Mairelys for winning prizes for your presentations at the Lepidopterist's Society Meeting!

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Insect Sensory Systems
Butterfly Hearing

Research Interests

Bark Beetle Acoustics
Caterpillar Acoustics

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